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SolidWorks Plastics Training Course

Course Description: The SolidWorks Plastics course teaches you how to use specialized simulation software tools to predict how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process. Predicting how the plastic will flow enables you to predict manufacturing defects such as weld lines, air traps, short shots, and sink marks. By predicting these defects, you can change the part or mold geometry, the processing conditions, or the plastic material itself to eliminate or minimize them, saving energy, material, time, and money. The SolidWorks Plastics course covers all the features and functions of both SolidWorks Plastics Professional (for part designers) and SolidWorks Plastics Premium (for mold designers).

Course Length: 1 1/2 Days

Prerequisites: SolidWorks Essentials and a fundamental knowledge of plastic materials, plastic part design, and/or injection mold design

  Lesson 1: Basic Flow Analysis
Basic Flow Analysis
Stages in the Process
Element Types
The Plastics Manager Tree
Input Options
Running a Flow Analysis
Flow Results
  Lesson 2: Detecting Air Traps
Detecting Air Traps
Stages in the Process
Air Traps
Switching Modes for Design Changes
Design Changes
Parts Created Using Mold Design Tools
  Lesson 3: Detecting Short Shots
Detecting Short Shots
Stages in the Process
Flow Settings
Flow Front Central Temperature
  Lesson 4: The Model Manager
The Model Manager
Stages in the Process
Using the Model Manager
Copying Parts and Results
Batch Manager
Summary and Report
  Lesson 5: Gate Locations and Sink Marks
Gate Locations and Sink Marks
Stages in the Process
Gate Selection Rules
Sink Marks
  Lesson 6: Multiple Cavity Molds
Multiple Cavity Molds
Stages in the Process
Mirroring Cavities
Sketching Runners
Runner Design
X-Y Plots
  Lesson 7: Runner-Balancing
Stages in the Process
Local Refinement of Mesh
Using Runner-Balancing
  Lesson 8: Gate Freeze
Gate Freeze
Stages in the Process
Solid Mesh
Pack Settings
Flow and Pack Analysis
Pack Results
  Lesson 9: Optimizing Cooling Time
Optimizing Cooling Time
Stages in the Process
Multiple Gates
  Lesson 10: Using Inserts
Using Inserts
Stages in the Process
Cavities and Inserts
Materials for Inserts
  Lesson 11: Mesh Repairs
Mesh Repairs
Stages in the Process
Element Issues
Edit Mesh